May 1, 2013 |
The Tony nominations were announced Tuesday, but before we plunge into the big race between "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda the Musical," one obvious question should be addressed before any other: Given the crassly commercial direction of Broadway, why do we continue to make such a fuss about these awards? Because, like it or not, Broadway is still the highest aspiration for many of the theater's most talented artists and because it continues to have such an influence on the American repertory, as Center Theatre Group and its fellow nonprofit giants keep reminding us. This season, off-Broadway supplied a better musical ("Here Lies Love," the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim show about Imelda Marcos at the Public Theater)
September 8, 2009 |
L.A. Theatre Works' 2009-10 "The Play's the Thing" season at the Skirball Cultural Center, with performances recorded for radio broadcast on KPCC-FM (89.3), will include an 18th century comedy of manners, a troika of plays from the 1920s and '30s, and a couple of works having their world premieres in 2010 -- one a documentary drama about Bobby Kennedy commissioned by L.A. Theatre Works. As usual, the series will offer an assortment of familiar faces (for the live audience) and voices (for radio listeners)
June 22, 1989 |
The best parodies draw blood when they bite. "Forbidden Broadway 1989," an Off-Broadway road show at the San Diego Civic Theatre through Sunday, aims for the jugular and makes you smile at each naughty nip. This takeoff on current Broadway musicals, composers and stars, presented by San Diego Playgoers, should also seem quite familiar to local audiences. Most of the targets have played here recently; most of the rest--such as "Starlight Express"--are on their way. "Forbidden Broadway" is a delicious chance to see critiques of those shows set to music.
May 9, 2008 |
In the "Jeopardy!" category of theater trivia, "Flora, the Red Menace" has quite a few possible responses. "What is Kander & Ebb's first Broadway musical?" "What is the show in which a teenage Liza Minnelli made her Tony-winning Broadway debut?" But if you were to venture "What is a rarely produced work by an acclaimed composer-lyricist duo overdue for revival?" I'm afraid your winnings would take a noticeable dip. That's the obvious conclusion to draw from Reprise Theatre Company's flat remount of this 1965 Minnelli vehicle, which for many is known only by an original cast album and Rialto hearsay.
June 29, 1989 |
Graciela Daniele still remembers the anger she felt when atrocities in her native Argentina were exposed in the early 1980s. "I threw up a couple of times," the Broadway choreographer said after reading about the 25,000 desaparecidos --the men, women and children who were "disappeared" under the military dictatorship, and at least 10,000 of whom have been proven dead. "I felt guilty doing nothing but sending a check for $25 to Amnesty International. I was so angry, I said I wish I could get a gun and go down there and fight."
July 3, 1993 |
Fred Gwynne, a dour but lovable stage, film and television actor for four decades who was best remembered for his leading roles in the 1960s cult television series "The Munsters" and "Car 54 Where Are You?" died Friday. He was 66. Gwynne died in his home near Baltimore of pancreatic cancer, his New York legal representatives at Kraditor, Haber & Bienstock announced.
December 8, 1995 |
Roxie Roker, the elegant and beautiful actress best known for her role as Helen Willis on the long-running hit CBS television series "The Jeffersons," has died. She was 66. Roker died Saturday in Los Angeles, her publicist, Cynthia Snyder, said this week. The cause of death was not revealed. The actress, also known for her community work, had moved to Hollywood in 1975 when Norman Lear cast her in "The Jeffersons" as part of the upstairs interracial couple.
March 18, 1994 |
The 1994 Season: * Through April 10: "Red Scare on Sunset," by Charles Busch. * May 28-July 31: "Light Sensitive," by Jim Geoghan. * Sept. 2-Oct. 16: "Some of My Best Friends," by Stanley Hart. * Nov. 26-Dec. 23: "Greetings," by Tom Dudzick. All productions will be at the Way Off Broadway Playhouse, 1068 E. 1st St., Santa Ana. (714) 547-8997.